In article , wrote:

> Hi: I'm a little confused about split DNS.
> I have a webserver (Win2K), DNS (Linux/BIND 9.2.3) and a separate
> mailserver on a 192.168.1.x subnet.
> I've set up a "" zone and added it to my named.conf
> file under the local view for that subnet.
> I have the primary DNS for the webserver (Win2K server) as the BIND
> server. If I perform an nslookup from the webserver, it correctly
> returns the local IP addresses for various servers specified in the
> "local" zone file.
> Here's the problem. I send out emails from the webserver using CDO. If
> I have a customer service form, when constructing an email I specify
> the recipient to be something like "", where
> "" is the site being hosted on the webserver.
> When CDO drops the email in the outgoing mail folder, it never gets
> delivered. The event log says something like:
> "Message delivery to the remote domain '' failed for the
> following reason: The connection was dropped by the remote host."

That suggests that CDO successfully looked up the MX record for, and encountered a problem when talking to that server.

> My zone file looks like:

I thought you said the zone you added to your server was, not In either case, this zone
should have no impact at all on mail to

> IN MX 10 mail
> IN A //the webserver
> mail IN A //the mailserver
> www IN A //the webserver
> But I think what's happening is mail addressed to "" is
> never being sent to the the MX record's being
> ignored and it's trying to send mail back to itself.

The MX record would only be used if you sent mail to, not

> I ended up getting things to work by adding an entry in the hosts file
> on the webserver like:
> #the IP of the mailserver
> but the only reason this works, I believe, is because the hosts file
> is queried before the NS.
> I guess this is really a Win2K question, but I'm hoping someone may
> have been through this before and can explain where I'm going wrong.

If you want to control how mail is delivered for, you need
to add that zone to the nameserver.

Barry Margolin,
Arlington, MA
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